Rosa Salvator Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Hagar and the Angel
No date
Pencil, pen and grey ink, brown and blue washes
  • image height 252mm,
  • image length 174mm
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / delt”
  • in brown ink
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.8”
  • in brown ink
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination (image); Barton Place catalogue


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it passed to Towne’s residuary legatee John Herman Merivale (1779–1844) and his successors. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in 1915 (BP262, Hagar, also engraving of Jos. Goupy signed F.Towne No.8). According to the Barton Place catalogue, it was on sale at Squire Gallery in February 1935 but it must have been returned unsold, as the drawing remained the property of the Merivale family, on whose behalf it was offered for sale by John Spink from 2007 onwards, until being offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 7 July 2011, lot 322 (a group with FT387 and FT561), where it did not sell. It was later offered at Chorley’s of Cheltenham on 10 November 2011, lot 46.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 10 November 2011
Chorley's, Cheltenham, 10 November 2011, lot 46
Sotheby's, London, London, 7 July 2011, lot 322
Offered as a group with FT387 and FT561. Unsold.
John Spink, 2007
Offered for sale on behalf of the Merivale family by John Spink from 2007 onwards.
Squire Gallery, London, February 1935
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP262
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP262
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


This is a copy of a Salvator Rosa composition, Hagar and the Angel, etched by Joseph Goupy (1686–1770) (figure 1). A copy of the etching was in the Barton Place collection in 1915 and was sold to Squire in January 1936.

before 1770

Figure 1.
Joseph Goupy after Salvator Rosa, Hagar and the Angel, before 1770

Digital image courtesy of Witt Library

by Richard Stephens

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